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Tearful Osaka: ‘I think I’m going to take a break from playing’

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka sits with a towel over her head during a break in her 2021 US Open Tennis tournament women’s singles third round match against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 3, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, wiping away tears, said after an upset third-round US Open loss on Friday that she will take an indefinite break from playing tennis.

“I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match,” Osaka said in a news conference after losing to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.

Wiping away tears, she said, “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”

With that, she put on a face mask, rose from her chair and ended the session.

 

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